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outcry and political pressure, congress will vote today on a $9 billion hurricane sandy relief bill. relief many say is long overdue. >>> turn for the worst, venezuelan officials admit hugo chavez is battling respiratory failure, now calling their leader's status severe. >>> and trapped on thin ice. two teenagers stuck in the middle of a frozen life, clinging to a dead tree for hours. their dramatic rescue just ahead. >>> wow. good morning. welcome to "early start." we're happy you're with us. i'm zoraida sambolin. >> i'm christine romans. it's 5:00 a.m. in the east. >> we begin this morning with a snowy mess in west texas. conditions are so bad that large portions of interstate 10 between el paso and ft. stockton were closed overnight. do they really get a lot of snow? they've gotten record snow in that area. >> you're absolutely right. it was really the spaghetti bowl on i-10. the biggest problem where were the icy bridges and overpasses. that's what closed portions of the road. those roads have since been reopened. now, el paso picked up 2.9 inches. believe it or not, it's not ou
ellis on victims for hurricane sandy. frederick kaufman on why food prices are rising around the world. 7:00 eastern on c-span. >> a house debate on the emergency funding for hurricane sandy victims. after that, charles schumer and gillibrand talk about the funding. >> somebody took a shot, and as soon as the shot was fired, i went down. each one would fire into the group. then they came around and anybody who was moaning they shot. >> the 150 were made captive and 84 of them were shot down by forces that captured them. the survivors played dead in the field after they were fired on by machine guns at close range from the distance from myself at the podium to you sitting in the audience. they did not run, they fell to the ground. >> and american convoy is spotted and captured by german troops. on the malmedy massacre sunday night at 9:00 eastern. student camera video entries are now due. get them in by the deadline friday, january 18 for the grand prize of $5,000. zes.000 in total price >> william hague testified on arms export controls in december. the foreign secretary was asked to u
. there was a jump in construction jobs. almost 40,000, because of hurricane sandy rebuilding and the housing recovery. >>> and in washington, the new congress is gearing up to get down to work. they have a full plate in front of them, with their fair share of bitter battles already looming. abc's tahman bradley joins us, now, from washington, with the latest. good morning, tahman. >> reporter: good morning, rob and paula. right out of the gate, members of this new congress have a lot to deal with. they have to take on spending and deficit reduction. but the first order of business is aid for people still struggling to put their lives back together after hurricane sandy. the newly sworn in 113th congress gets down to business today. first up, a vote on a $9 billion aid package for victims of superstorm sandy. but that's only a fraction of the $60 billion in aid the senate had approved. the house adjourned earlier in the week, before the vote, which set off a firestorm. northeastern politicians erupted. >> republican leadership has turned their backs on new yorkers. >> we sent them there. we s
of the charges. >>> finally, some relief is heading to the victims of superstorm sandy. we'll have much more, much, much more is needed. >>> and living in fear, trying to escape and suffering from more than just war. inside a camp for syrian refugees that is still in harm's way. [ male announcer ] break the grip of back or arthritis pain with odor free aspercreme. powerful medicine relieves pain fast, with no odor. so all you notice is relief. aspercreme. >>> help is on the way for people who lost so much during superstorm sandy. president obama signed into law a 9.7 billion sandy relief package. it was the first legislative package of the new congress. lawmakers will consider a $51 billion relief bill on january 15th. some people were outraged that house speaker boehner cancelled a vote tuesday on the entire aid package. sandy devastated parts of the northeast more than two months ago. >>> earlier i spoke with our political regulars, elsi granders granderson. elzi is a senior writer for espn, and anna is a republican strategist. we talked about the fiscal cliff and the strategizing that new
could the damage caused by superstorm sandy lead to criminals escaping justice that is the fear in new york where the storm's impact could be worse than anyone imagined.! slp ] ow! ow! [ male announcer ] your favorite foods fighting you? fight back fast with tums. calcium-rich tums starts working so fast you'll forget you had heartburn. ♪ tum tum tum tum tums >> superstorm sandy did not just disrupt millions people's lives, it now threatens court cases in the new york city system. here is mary snow. >> this flood damage warehouse right on new york harbor, can actually clog the city's over flowing criminal system for years to come. it sits in an area of brooklyn devastated by superstorm sandy. inside it, there's thousands of police evidence that cannot be touched. >> significant flooding has been taken place. no question about it, we are trying to sort through it and you know, assess the total damage. it's -- it's a big job. >> that was back in november. the police department says it still has not been able to get into this facility and a second one because of sewege contamination. >>
to the victims of super storm sandy. we'll have much more, much, much more is needed. >>> and living in fear, trying to escape and suffering from more than just war. inside a camp for syrian refugees that is still in harm's way. excuse me, sir i'm gonna have to ask you to power down your little word game. i think your friends will understand. oh no, it's actually my geico app...see? ...i just uh paid my bill. did you really? from the plane? yeah, i can manage my policy, get roadside assistance, pretty much access geico 24/7. sounds a little too good to be true sir. i'll believe that when pigs fly. ok, did she seriously just say that? geico. just click away with our free mobile app. >>> help is on the way for people who lost so much during super storm sandy. president obama signed into law a $9.7 billion sandy relief package. it was the first legislative package of the new congress. lawmakers will consider a $51 billion relief bill on january 15th. some people were outraged that house speaker boehner cancelled a vote tuesday on the entire aid package. sandy devastated parts of the northeast m
because the ma major work of helping th victims much sandy is still ahead of us. bit more from e senator schumer yesterday talking about votes taken or lack of vote by paul ryan on the house bill and getting his comments. [video clip] >> flood insurance is an obligation of the federal government. in other words, people who pay flood insurance have paid hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars a year and in return the federal government says if you are flooded we will reimburse you for the damage you suffer. so i don't understand why anyone would not want to vote for that provision. i haven't heard congressman ryan's reasoning. >> [inaudible]? >> that is just terribly harsh to a homeowner who lost his home. should they sit around and wait two years and lose their lives until we reform the promise? in is nothing wrong reforming the program but to hold the homeowners who desperately need this money and have paid in for this money as almost hostage to reform? that is unconscionable. that is wrong. and i would hope congressman ryan would reconsider. host: senator schumer from yesterday. yo
the nation's biggest source of greenhouse gas pollution which is our power plants. hurricane sandy wasn't caused by climate change but made worse by climate change. the surge here in new york was higher because the oceans are higher. the winds of the hurricane were speedier because the oceans are warmer. so we've got to attack power plants and reduce the carbon pollution from them, which not only causes climate change but also things like asthma and cancer. we also have to attack fossil fuel subsidies, in my view, subsidies for the fossil fuel industry now outweigh renewal subsidies by 75-1. we've got to level the playing field so clean energy has a chance to compete. in the meantime, we've also got to increase r&d for clean energy and preserve the limited subsidies that we do have such as the production tax credit for wind power. i also predict that 2013 will be the year when we begin to finally modernize our electric grid which is incredibly antiquated. we saw again in hurricane sandy that a few places in new york city like co-op city, were able to become islands of power and keep the
's handling of super storm sandy has made him more popular with democrats than republicans. >>> next, to a disturbing story out of russia. what was supposed to be an enjoyable adventure took a tragic turn as a giant inflatable zorb ball with two men inside veered off course and rolled off a mountain cliff. one man was killed, and the other is in serious condition. >>> off the coast of australia, a man lost control of his boat, fell out and was swimming nearby while the boat was spinning in circles. a police boat was able to rescue the boater and he is reportedly doing well. >>> and a huge doomsday asteroid made a fly-by of the earth last night at a distance of 9 million miles. it's more than 1,000 feet wide. and could hit the earth in the 2036. i certainly hope not. >>> weekly jobless claims, holiday retail sales and earnings from oil giant chevron today. meanwhile, what a difference a few months can make. not long ago apple closed above 700 while facebook was spiraling fast, now facebook is the nasdaq darling. it's the best performing stock in the 100 up 70% since september while ap
ways people have been raising money for victims of the super storm sandies. >> and breweries are thinking outside the box. we have details on the sandy beer. >> and a cheaper version of the iphone. rumors seem to good to be true and we are learning they were. good morning maryland continues in just a few moments. >>> on this friday morning a hearing is happening today in texas where planned parenthood will ask for an injunction to receive state funding a judge ruled that texas can cut off funding to the organization's family planning programs. >>> a judge will ask a -- request a hearing to exhume the body of a man poisoned weeks after winning the lottery. family members were suspicious about the man's desk. >>> afghan president karzai is speak at george washington university and is expected to talk about his beliefs the u.s. and nato failed to make afghanistan more secure. karzai is meeting with president obama and secretary of state hillary clinton today. >>> it's unclear whether the man accused of opening fire in a colorado movie theater will be arraigned today. lawyers for
laws following the shooting at sandy hook elementary. it is clear plenty of people across the country want to get their hand on guns and now. abc's mark greenblat has more. >> reporter: the surging demand for guns drew so many to this gun show near los angeles over the weekend, the worry wasn't weapons but the size of the crowds. this father brought his daughter along to stock up. worried about looming gun reforms. >> we went through and came down here to got what we wanted before everything is illegal. >> reporter: closer to newtown, at least four gun shows canceled. the show went on though in nearby stanford, connecticut, even after the local mayor called the organizers insensitive. what did you say to the mayor? >> i say he is wrong. >> reporter: why is he wrong? >> this is a private thing. he shouldn't be expressing his opinion on it. >> reporter: "the washington post" reports a task force led by vice president joe biden is considering proposing universal background tracks for all gun buyers. tracking sale of weapons through a national database and stiff penalties for carrying gun
on monday. >>> the fate of sandy hook elementary school will be decided. they will discuss what to do in the wake of the massacre that left 26 people dead. options include razing the school, renovating it or building a new one. new school on the same property or somewhere else. >>> it appears there will be hockey after all this year. the nhl and its players union reached a tentative deal. paula is nodding her head yes. the players have been locked out since back in september wiping out nearly half of the season. >>> finally, story, dan, or any cat lover or any cat hater would probably appreciate. this is a cat, check him out here, who was caught trying -- allegedly trying to sneak into a prison in brazil with contraband strapped to its body. a cell phone, drill bits and files. the cat is now behind bars at an animal shelter. the lawyer says no comment. >> the cat has a lawyer. >> the look on his face is very guilty. that's all i'm saying. >> allegedly. >> reportedly. >> that was weird, huh? >> that was weird. i'm just very excited that the nhl is back tentatively. >> you're a red wing
the new house of representatives decides whether to approve billions of dollars in aid for hurricane sandy victims. had measure worth more than $9 billion is up for discussion days after the house sparked controversy and decided to delay the approval of emergency and recovery funding. the money would pay flood insurance claims for more than 100,000 throughout the northeast. it's part of a larger $60 billion package the senate has already approved, but the house did not vote on before adjourning for the new session which began yesterday. >>> even with anger over the delay of aid for sandy victims, the house voted to give john boehner a second term as speaker. >> i present the people's gavel to the speaker of the house, john boehner. may god bless you. [ applause ] >> boehner got the house's top job, even despite several conservatives voting for someone else. it was a symbolic protest of boehner's decision to hold off on voting for sandy aid. after the vote, boehner said the federal deficit is still a problem that lawmakers must address. >>> we'll get a look at the december jobs report. the
're helping the east coast recover from hurricane sandy. we're a leading global insurance company, based right here in america. we've repaid every dollar america lent us. everything, plus a profit of more than $22 billion. for the american people. thank you, america. helping people recover and rebuild -- that's what we do. now let's bring on tomorrow. >>> prisoners, including death row prisoners could be set free because of a doctor's workload and tactics is the focus of a major investigation. cnn's victor blackwell has been looking into this very disturbing story. >> if you died in mississippi of any sort of suspicious circumstances, chances are dr. hand was going to be cutting you open. >> that's a former public defender talking about dr. steven han, a pathologist who has done tens and thousands of autopsies. >> how many would you say from the late '80s until probably a few years ago. >> somewhere in the range of 1400, 1500 nrk that range, maybe 1600. >> that's five to six times what's recommended by the national association of medical examiners. for the first time on television, han is resp
meaningful gun legislation. i'm joined tonight by two parents who are advocating for change. sandy and lonnie phillips lost their daughter, jessica gauwi in a mass shooting in aurora seven months ago. jessica was just 24 years old. she wanted to be a sportscaster. so she moved to colorado in 2010 to go to metro state, metropolitan state university in denver. she survived a mass shooting at a food court in toronto. but she was among the 12 people murdered in the shooting at the movie theater in aurora this past july. sandy and lonnie, i want to thank you so much for joining us here this evening and being a part of the discussion. lonnie, you met with the president, with vice president biden recently. what did you tell him? >> well, there were about 23 groups at that meeting, and i was sitting directly to his left, and he started to his right. each member of all the groups that were there, there were a lot of very astute people, and he listened to each one of them very carefully and wrote -- made notes. it went around the table. probably 22 people representing a lot of pro -- they were -- actua
for superstorm sandy. the house is expected to vote on the first round of aid today. gun-control advocates introduced legislation on the first day of the new congress to ban high- capacity ammunition magazines in recent -- used in recent massacres including the one at sandy hook last month. carolyn mccarthy of new york said the assault magazines help put the mass in that shooting and anything we can do to stop their proliferation will save lives in america. she lost her husband in a shooting on the long island rail road. she introduced the ammunition ban with fellow democratic congress member diane degette of colorado. gun control supporters are hoping an apparent shift in attitudes after the sandy hook killing might pave the way for reform. in the latest potential sign of that shift, republican congressman peter king of new york questioned ownership of assault weapons during an appearance on msnbc. >> i really do not know why people need assault weapons. i am not a hunter but i understand people who live in rough neighborhoods or in a small business want to maintain a pistol to protect an
measures being considered by joe biden's task force established after the sandy hook shootings. what, if any, new gun laws should be passed? it's our talk back question today. facebook.com/carolcnn. or send me a tweet. >>> now is your chance to talk back on one of the big stories of the day. the question for you this morning, what, if any, new gun laws should be passed? we're getting our first glimpse into what the white house may propose in terms of gun legislation. according to "the washington post," joe biden and his task force are considering reip st e reinstating the ban on assault weapons and high capacity magazines, requiring universal gun checks for gun buyers, establishing a national gun sale database, strengthening mental health checks, imposing stiffer penalties for carrying guns near schools or giving them to minors. wow, ideas, something to talk about. forget that. already, nra-backed lawmakers are shooting down the administration's approach. >> i think you need to putter g everything on the table, but what i hear from the administration and if "the washington post" is
that were damaged in hurricane sandy. volunteers helping save treasured photos as victims remember everything else they lost. >> in the grand scheme of things they were only pictures but to us they are our history. >> that is is my sister. she is gone. rest in peace. my mother, my father. >> a lot of people in this picture are gone. aig? we said we were going to turn it around, and we did. woman: we're helping joplin, missouri, come back from a devastating tornado. man: and now we're helping the t recover from hurricane sandy. we're a leading global insurance company, based right here in america. we've repaid every dollar america lent us. everything, plus a profit of more than $22 billion. for the american people. thank you, america. helping people recover and rebuild -- that's what we do. now let's bring on tomorrow. ♪ ooh baby, can i do for you today? ♪ [ female announcer ] need help keeping your digestive balance? align can help. nly align has bifantis, a patented probiotic that naturally helps maintain your digestive balance. try align to help retain a balanced digestive sy
in new york, new jersey and connecticut. this is for victims who were battered by hurricane sandy two months ago. another bill is expected to be voted on next week from vied a comprehensive $51 billion aid package to cover damage from sandy and help prevent similar disasters in the future. >>> secretary of state hillary clinton goes back to work today after several health problems in the past month. the hospital released secretary clinton last wednesday after treatment for a blood clot following a concussion and a stomach virus. doctors expect her to make a full recovery. clinton has a week of meetings scheduled including three at the white house. she's expected to leave office as soon as her successor, nature john kerry is approved by the senate. >> the an accused of gunning down a dozen people in a movie theater will be in court today. the preliminary hearing begins in colorado where a judge will decide if james holmes will be tried for murder. he'll be in the courtroom this week as prosecutors outline their case in detail and in public for the first time. nbc's leanne gregg joins u
$160 billion around the world in 2012. sandy, of course, was a big part of that in the east and it's still costing. in the midwest, it was the drought. the new numbers coincide with the official numbers with a look at just how hot our past year was and our report tonight on this from our chief environmental correspondent, anne thompson. >> reporter: raging infernos, surging seas, howling winds. 2012 was extreme weather, hotter than any year on record. the results, federal scientists say of nature and manmade climate change. >> the 2012 temperatures are part of a long-term warming trend and that is associated with climate change. it is hard to pinpoint what percentage climate change has of a role in the 2012 temperatures. it did have a role. >> reporter: under normal conditions we should see one record high for every record low but in the first decade of the century we saw two record highs for each record low. in 2011, it was three-to-one and last year, five record highs for each low. in 2012, much of the country sweltered. >> one out of every three americans had at least ten days w
a difference" report. more than 70 days now since hurricane sandy, still a lot of this region is in the dark with so many homes destroyed, condemned or not near ready to be lived in. that's where the volunteers from a charity group called "operation blessing" come in. you're about to see what they can do. nbc's rehema ellis has our "making a difference" report tonight from breezy point queens, part of coastal new york city. >> reporter: this breezy point neighborhood was devastated all at once by sandy. but the recovery is happening one home at a time. for three weeks, hundreds of volunteers have been working to rebuild this house for retired grandparents, jean and burt metz, who were told only the floors and walls were being rebuilt. 72 days ago, 4 feet of floodwater rushed in, leaving behind dangerous mold. how much work did you do on the house? >> we did this house from stud to completion. here is a couple, gives back to their community, two-time cancer survivor. then on top of it, their home was flooded. >> reporter: operation blessing has helped 400 homeowners in breezy point, recruitin
to express outrage over the handling of financial aid for sandy victims. although about $9 billion was released a vote for another 50 billion is set off until next week. the white house has just released a picture of the president signing the first bill into law earlier today. joining me now new jersey democratic congressman whose district includes long branch, union beach. good to have you. you said you are not satisfied by the process here even though that a vote has been set. are you convinced that vote will happen on the 15th or do you think it will take longer? >> i am not convinced it will happen on the 15th. we have to get the senate to pass the total package and the vote on the 15th is being divided into two different amendments. we have major hurdles here and the result is more delay. more delay means that the shore doesn't get rebuilt fast enough. >> what do you think is happening? >> i think it is the right wing. we call them tea party republicans and speaker boehner said you are voting for me for speaker the next day so we are not bringing it up until after it is over w
finally going to victims of superstorm sandy more than two months after it devastated parts of the east coast. president obama signed a lbill into law, another bill is expected to be voted on next week to provide a comprehensive $51 billion aid package to cover damage from sandy and to prevent similar disasters in the future. >>> secretary of state hillary clinton goes back to work today. she was released from the hospital last summer for treatment of a blood clot. her doctors expect her to make a full recovery, she has a full week of meetings schedule, including three at the white house. >>> preliminary hearings begins in colorado today, when a judge will decide james holmes will stand trial for murder. holmes will be in court this week. nbc's leann craig joins us now. good morning. >> good morning. hundreds of people are expected to attend the hearing where large amounts of previously sealed information will be revealed, including gruesome details of what happened inside the theater. more than five months after the theater massacre, attorneys will lay out the case against
'll be okay. >> and a lot of people felt that way. the people of sandy hook trying to move forward and honor the lives lost. i'm deborah feyerick, thanks for joining us. i'm deborah feyerick. have a good night and a great have a good night and a great week. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> big new developments in the health of hillary clinton. she is back to work today. >> the case against accused a rare ra movie sheeter james holmes. we are just hours away from prosecutors unveiling their evidence in court. >> the biggest scandal to hit washington since washington. call it knee gate. >> seriously. >> what is one of the brightest stars doing in the game with a bum knee only to injure it again, maybe even worse? >> i cannot tell you how we have been discussing this this morning. it's a story. >> there is outrage. there is consternation in washington right after the fiscal cliff. can they get no reprieve after all the problems they've had? >> oh, my goodness. >> welcome to "early start." i'm john berman. >> nice to have you back. i'm zoraida sambolin. it is 5:00 a.m. in the east. the
sandy. we're a leading global insurance company, based right here in america. we've repaid every dollar america lent us. everything, plus a profit of more than $22 billion. for the american people. thank you, america. helping people recover and rebuild -- that's what we do. now let's bring on tomorrow. man: constant tingling in my toes. woman: i had double vision. woman: they said, "you have multiple sclerosis." man: i kind of had to get a grasp on reality. man: i had to adapt and change very rapidly. woman: i had to learn how to drive with my hands -- yeah, that was interesting. man: a symptom may cause you not to be able to do that anymore, and at one point, i was able to do any of those. man: since i've been cycling, it's definitely helped my walking. woman: it's a fantastic opportunity to be working together with a common goal of curing ms, and sharing is the key. >>. >> bill: personal story segment. miss universe crowned and somewhat controversial but not a bad way. olivia culpo says marijuana not a positive thing. as you may know washington and colorado legalize pot and denver a p
the town next to sandy hook. they wouldn't let her stop in sandy hook. she drove by. look at this, this looks like an angel. it's over sandy hook. uncanny. this replaced it a few moments after at dusk. a bright light that did not come off the wind shield we will post it on "the five." but it will give you chills. >> bob: that is terrific. i believe in angels. that is more proof. major league baseball hall of fame, only the second time in 42 years did not induct anybody in the hall of fame. once again, people like sammy sosa, mcguire and pete rose did not make it. for good reason. >> kimberly: people were under suspicion of steroid use. >> andrea: we have to get out of here. thank you for watching. see you back here tomorrow. >> bret: the nra calls a meeting with the vice president less about keeping america's children safe and more about attacking the second amendment. the pushback is firm. even before task force releases the recommendations. this is "special report." ♪ ♪ >> bret: vice president heard from the other side today. yesterday he talked to sum porters of expanding i
by super storm sandy. the city of long beach began the process of tearing down it's boardwalk. an attraction that stood for nearly 100 years and provided generations worth of memories. >> very, very sad day. you know, as a child we played underneath it, as a teenager you gathered with your friends and as an adult you went here for peace. >> we know that today is the beginning of the real big comeback. and today is the day that we say good-bye to an old friend and we get ready to rebuild stronger, smarter and safer. >> as you know long beach wasn't the only area hit hard by souper storm sandy. the damage stretching from new jersey to new york to connecticut. the storm claiming lives, wiping out homes and ruining count less personal and treasured possessions, including family photographs. but now one group helping some of the victims restore precious memories. anna joins us to explain. anna, it sounds like this group is trying to help replace something that you think would be irreplaceable. >> each week care or res store rags efforts sets up a point in the tri-state area for sup
>> bret: finally tonight, we saw the uproar on the delay for the vote for the hurricane sandy relief bill, what we didn't see were the efforts by the new jersey governor to get that vote to happen. >> governor. >> chris: industry lashed out over his own party getting action sandy aide. >> shame on congress. >> got speaker boehner and other republicans to agree signing a bill giving aide to the northeast by using new jersey like persuasion tactics. [screaming] >> bret: thanks for inviting us into your home tonight. that is it for this "special report," fair, balanced and unafraid. >> shepard: this is the fox report. tonight, homemade napan and termites. they burn so hot water can't put out the flames. the movie massacre suspect used them to booby trap his apartment according to cops' testimony today. a bump in the road maybe a big one for the president's nominee for the head of the cia. >> the president calls john brennan one of his closest advisors. now one powerful senator threatening to hold up the confirmation process over last year's deadly attack in libya. >> i'm not goin
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momentum for gun control is coming out of the most recent massacre, the one at sandy hook elementary school in newtown, connecticut. an event that shook a normally poised president, remember this, wiped a tear away, later announced a task force to curb gun violence, to be led by vice president joe biden. one of the vice president's first moves, extending an invitation to the nra. let me take you to washington and talk to cnn political editor paul steinhauser. paul, just what is the task force hoping to get out of approaching the nra? >> i think what they want to do here is get voices and get voices of all sides in the gun argument here. that's why the nra was given an invitation. take a listen to jay carney, white house press secretary, asked about the nra attending these immediatings this wee i m. >> the vice president's group invited a number of organizations and individuals to participate in meetings. they include gun owners, and groups that represent gun owners, groups that represent sports men and sports women. the nra has been one of the groups -- one of the many groups invited. i wil
through prolonged power outages have been greatly diminished. when hurricane sandy struck, we saw the results of the work we had done together. while we can never entirely prevent damage or power outages, the response was, in fact, better and faster. once again, we saw a problem and, together, worked to address it. [applause] if these past two years have proven anything, it is that we have the ability to rally around a common good and a common goal. certainly have done it in a way that just does not seem possible these days in some places, certainly not washington, d.c. leadership from each side of the caucus was meeting with my team for long hours, night after night, to develop a mitigation plan. our national budget was being driven to and then off of a fiscal cliff. while we were to manage our state's finances, national inaction hangs like a dark cloud over our state budget. for the many connecticut families with someone working in our defense industry, washington's and ability to address problems on a reasonable deadline is causing sleepless nights and it is unnecessary. earlie
graders that was killed last month at sandy hook school. >> correct. >> grace mcdonnell was a huge fan of yours. i'm wondering what does it mean to you that she found your story so amazing to her? she loved your story. >> well, you know, i talked to jack, the son of his sister, who was killed and he was taking it pretty hard. and lynn, when she was interviewed by anderson cooper and also the husband, i got inspiredism really got inspired by what they said. they wanted jack to release all his anger and forgive. and so he can move on in his life. and he was very strong about that so i sent jack a rudy package, a helmet, a jersey, a football, and a book and some memorabilia of the carry-off. i said you jack, here's what we are going to do, my friend. i said you are going to come to a notre dame football game, next year. we are going to get you there, your mom, you, you will have that experience. he really got excited. i talked to lynn, the mother, and boy, she was just as -- as pure as you can get and forgiving and what a wonderful example she is for everyone, for the strength and the cha
, if you look at the firemen who were killed just before christmas, just on christmas, if you look at sandy hook, all of them involve these ar-15 style, military-style assault rifles. it's all the same thing. and the reason they like them is that they can put these magazines on them and they can unload 100 bullets in a minute. they're machine guns. >> absolutely. but the big problem in america is not these massacres. it's the day-in, day-out shootings that kill more than 11,000 americans a year. and of those, a few hundred are committed with rifles. so if the only thing that legislators do is reinstitute the assault weapons ban and the high magazine, that will be great. that will be a step forward. >> but it won't be enough. >> it won't be nearly enough. we have to make a move on handguns as well. >> but doesn't it send the right signal that actually it's time to do something? the reaction to every outrage since i've been in america has been nothing. gabby giffords, a congresswoman, can be shot in the head, nothing happens. a temple can be shot up, a movie theater, now a school. we've seen
members at sandy hook elementary. a similar weapon used by the accused mass murderer james holmes who killed 12 people and wounded more than 50 others at a movie theater in aurora, colorado. it was a gun, not a baseball bat, that took the lives of more than 335,000 americans in the last decade. that's more than the entire city of st. louis or pittsburgh or cincinnati, gone. it's a gun, not a blunt object, that ends an average 609 american lives every week. 87 a day, 1 every 17 minutes. just in the last 24 hours at least 6 people were shot in chicago. two fatally. in greenland, arkansas, a man is under arrest for a triple shooting that left his wife and mother-in-law dead and another family member critically wounded. and in orange county, florida, a deadly drive-by killed one and critically injured another. so with this many lives at stake, how can it be sensible to defend the means of status quo slaughter? what can be the motive behind blocking any common sense reforms that could help limit this horrendous carnage. >> the basis of the second amendment is about resistant to government
is now speaking out about a lifetime of hard hits. >>> later, bottoms up for a good cause. helping sandy survivors, one cold beer at a time. it doesn't get better than that. it's our favorite story of the day. >> perfect favorite story of the day for a friday. >>> but first, the nasty arctic blast blowing from coast to coast is bringing snow and freezing rain to a huge section of the country. >> winter weather advisories and warnings are posted from california to michigan, setting the stage for just a miserable weekend. our coverage begins with abc's michael bar. >> reporter: the arctic blast is dumping snow on southern california, shutting down interstate 5 north of los angeles. roads in higher elevations quickly turned icy. >> it's very, very icy up there. kind of dangerous road. >> reporter: along with snow and ice, the snowstorm is bringing 45 to 60-mile-an-hour winds to the west. the gusty blustery weather triggered mudslides near seattle. as wet snow fell on highways, slowing down commuters. it's part of a giant cold sending a chill from the rockies to the middle of the country. st
be related to the aftereffects of hurricane sandy. unemployment is expected to hold at a rate of 7.7%. >> also today after a few days of delay, the house is set to vote on a measure that would allow more than $9 billion in relief for hurricane sandy victims. lawmakers sparked outrage this week when the housa jurned for the session without voting on the measure which is needed to pay for flood insurance claims for 100,000 people in the northeast. it's part of a larger $60 billion package approved last week by the senate. >>> there is still a sticking point. congress has yet to negotiate the spending cuts. it could extend the current pay freeze beyond that spring expiration. >>> this morning, idaho senator will be in court to face dui charges. the republican was arrested just after midnight on december 23rd in alexandria. he was pulled over after running a red light. he failed several sobriety tests and was found to have a blood alcohol level of .11. he's apologized for what he calls a mistake and won't fight the charges. he's due in district court at 9:00 this morning. >>> today in
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